by Robert Herrick

I'M free from thee ; and thou no more shalt hear
My puling pipe to beat against thine ear ;
Farewell my shackles, though of pearl they be,
Such precious thraldom ne'er shall fetter me.
He loves his bonds who, when the first are broke,
Submits his neck unto a second yoke.

  Frans Hals.  Boy with a Flute. 1627.
Frans Hals. Boy with a Flute. 1627.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 18.

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